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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 10-07-2013, 02:14 AM
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Exclamation 1997 BMW 328is overheated

Hi everyone! My name is Eric, I'm new here (also bought my first BMW in March so fairly new to the bimmer world as well)

I live in Arizona and have been driving a 97 328is around all summer in many triple digit weeks without anyy overheating problems or radiator problems, even drove her to california once without any issues, just that I had to top off the radiator more than I was used to while living in California. However, it did have a slight oil leak coming from the oil pan which was never corrected (among many other things i addressed and fixed were: power steering leak, and cracked fuel sender causing it to leak fuel and fume smell while driving) Shortly after the shop fixed my fuel sender, and topped it off with new oil, I was driving on the freeway for about 20 mins when BAM the temp guage goes to red and white smoke starts pouring out the tailpipe leaving a white haze on the freeway. I immediately pulled over and let it cool down. Radiator and all hoses seemed fine, but oil was coated all over the back of the car and trailing along from the engine/underside of the car and burning on the exhaust. Firestone said the pistons were leaking oil and thats what caused it to overheat and dump all the oil at once. Not sure if this is an accurate diagnosis as they are just a maintenance shop, but I do not currently have the money to throw into diagnostics at the local german auto shop. Any thoughts/tips/suggestions or questions would be of great help! I was really excited about getting this car in good working order but it keeps throwing me something new. Here is a craigslist ad I just posted as a last resort for any who might be interested in her! She is a great car just with engine problems (and with over 200k im not surprised) Again, any feedback or recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!!
-Eric
PHX, AZ

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/4110541079.html_a_
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:23 PM
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:56 PM
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Re: 1997 BMW 328is overheated

Sounds almost positively like a blown head gasket. Cheap and easy to do yourself with a basic compression tester.

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Sounds almost positively like a blown head gasket. Cheap and easy to TEST yourself with a basic compression tester.
Fixed. You made it sound like he could fix the blown gasket cheaply and easily.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:34 PM
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Thanks!

Thanks for the help guys!
Unfortunately since I am moving soon, I do need to sell it. If anyone is interested here is the Craigslist link, I have listed it for $1,000. Car is located in Glendale, AZ.

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/4110541079.html

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Old 10-12-2013, 05:48 AM
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Man, wish you would be able to ship it. I'd love to have that car.
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